Gerald Boyd

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Adjunct Wine Studies Instructor

Gerald D. Boyd is a free lance writer and educator based in Sonoma County.


Boyd retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1976 and launched a long and successful career as a magazine and newspaper writer specializing in wine and spirits. In 1979, he joined the Wine Spectator as Managing Editor and one year later as Editor.  After moving the Wine Spectator to San Francisco in 1983, Boyd resigned to return to free-lance writing, a career he has followed successfully since, with a one-year break as Editor of Wine & Spirits Buying Guide, now Wine & Spirits magazine.


Boyd was the staff wine and spirits writer for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1993 to 2002.  His writing on wine and spirits has appeared in numerous national and international trade and consumer magazines and the Internet, including Decanter magazine, Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Wine Review Online.


Since 1978, Boyd has served as a wine judge at international, national and regional competitions, including those in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington and international wine competitions in Australia, Belgium, Italy and China.  He is currently Director of the Alameda County Wine Competition, Sauvignon Summit & Zin Challenge at the Alameda County Fair.


Gerald D. Boyd has been an adjunct wine instructor in the Wine Studies program at Santa Rosa Junior College since 2002.  In 2011, Boyd was honored by The Wine Guide of New York with induction into the Wine Writer's Hall of Fame.